As well as our main Church project, we also support several other charities with smaller sums, collected after communion services at the church.
Charities supported in previous years can be seen on the following pages:
The charities being supported this year are as given below. Clicking on a title will open a new tab containing the web page of the relevant charity.
January 2018: Crisis
CRISIS is the national charity for single homeless people. They are dedicated to ending homelessness by delivering life changing services and campaigning for change.
CRISIS has found that since 2010 all forms of homelessness have been on the rise. They have ambitious plans for the future, increasing the scope of their services: education, employment, housing and well being. They are planning to open new Crisis Skylight centres across the U.K. Their strategy is designed to move people on, out of the instability and vulnerability of homelessness, to a stable and rewarding life.
NEPACS is a long-standing charity in the north east of England building bridges for prisoners, their families and the community. The society supports and assists prisoners, families and friends of prisoners in their visits to the prison and helps children visiting relatives in prison to feel welcome and find the experience as pleasant as possible. The society also relieves hardship due to the poverty of some offenders and their families, and supports the education and training of offenders to help in their rehabilitation.
March: Alzheimer's Society
This is a membership organisation which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Many of the 25,000 members have personal experience of dementia, as carers, health professionals or people with dementia themselves, and their experiences help to inform their work. Their branch services include day care and home care for people with dementia, as well as support and befriending services to help partners and families cope with the demands of caring. From Alzheimer's Cafe's and innovative ‘singing for the brain' sessions, to memory-book projects and group outings, the branches provide both practical support and an essential point of human contact.
April: Great North Air Ambulance
The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) operates three helicopters, 365 days a year, across the North-East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria. GNAAS crews respond to around 1,000 call outs each year and on board our aircraft are specialist trauma doctors and paramedics, who bring accident and emergency expertise to the scene.
Whether it's in a city centre or a remote mountain, our medics respond to wherever they are needed in the shortest space of time. The helicopters are never more than a 15-minute flight from the nearest hospital.
May: Christian Aid
This is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. It works globally to eradicate the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. Christian Aid is part of a wider movement for social justice and provides urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes. Its essential purpose is to expose the scandal of poverty; to help in practical ways to root it out from the world; to challenge and change structures and systems that favour the rich and powerful over the poor and marginalised.
June: Otters Swimming club
Durham Otters Swimming Club has been running for over 35 years in the Durham city area to provide a safe and friendly environment for those who find public swimming sessions unsuitable, but who would like to swim or relax in a pool. The charity, run entirely by volunteers, gives disabled adults and children the chance to socialise and exercise in a safe and relaxing environment. Some members are physically disabled, suffering from anything from back problems to partial paralysis; others are learning disabled, but all enjoy the supportive environment of the club, which uses a shallow water pool, a little over 1m deep. The club runs sessions on a Monday evening from 7pm - 8pm. Kids enjoy the opportunity to play and learn to swim, and adults have the peace of mind of in-water physical support and company, whilst swimming or learning to swim. With excellent changing facilities, easy access, a hoist and a range of swimming aids, Durham Otters is one of few community charity services provided to help those who could not swim in a public pool for confidence or mobility reasons.
Mum/Adult Swimmer who has been a member of Durham Otters for 4 years, says: "Durham Otters is the highlight of the week for many of the children and adults who come along. More than anything, it is a social activity as well as a relaxing environment for light exercise. All the volunteers are friendly and supportive and will help out or just leave swimmers to their own devices if they want."
We welcome new swimmers, and are also looking for new helpers.
For more information contact John or Kirstine Chamberlayne:(0191) 386 2146.
July: British Heart Foundation
The vision of the British Heart Foundation is of a world in which people do not die prematurely of heart disease. They hope to achieve this through pioneering research, vital prevention activity and ensuring quality care and support for everyone living with heart disease. When you have a vision that big in mind, it helps to set some milestones along the way. That's why they've set a number of objectives to guide their day-to-day work. But they can't do any of it alone. They are working alongside government, other health charities, health professionals and thousands of dedicated supporters to beat heart disease. Everybody has a part to play. Within a generation, they aim to: reduce cardiovascular disease in the UK to one of the lowest levels in Europe. Within a decade, they aim to halve the number of people under 75 who die from cardiovascular disease, make sure at least two thirds of people under 75 survive a heart attack, reduce heart-related deaths in all UK local authority areas to the current level in South East England or below, reverse the increase in childhood obesity.
August: Benevolence Fund
An emergency hardship fund for immediate distribution to needy cases within the Church and its community. Distributed at the discretion of the Minister.
September: Butterwick House
Mary Butterwick OBE, lost her husband John to cancer in March 1979. At that time there was no support network in the North East for those suffering from life limiting illnesses and no real advice and support for the family they left behind. Working as a volunteer in her local hospital taught Mary a lot about the needs of terminally ill patients and a visit to the new St Christopher's Hospice that had opened in London - the first of its kind - showed Mary a much better way to care for not only the patient but also those close to them. In January 1984 Mary opened the first Palliative Day Care Centre in Stockton on Tees. Today Butterwick Hospice Care helps up to 200 patients and their families each day. It has now expanded into a purpose built hospice in Stockton on Tees and another Hospice in Bishop Auckland from where the organisation provides services throughout the North Tees and Durham Dales areas. October 1998 saw the opening of Butterwick House Children's Hospice which provides care and support to families across the North East.
October: Leprosy Mission
The Leprosy Mission is an international Christian development organisation, who focus specifically on leprosy and offer specialist expertise on reconstructive surgery. This includes treating leprosy complications. They address the fear and stigma associated with having leprosy. Many people suffer in silence because they are too ashamed to find help or do not know where to get help. They work in around 30 countries across Africa, South Asia and East Asia, providing services regardless of religion or ethnicity, promoting equality and social justice.
November: Royal British Legion
The Royal British Legion is a UK charity that provides financial, social and emotional support to millions who have served and are currently serving in the Armed Forces, and their dependents. They are one of the UK's largest membership organizations and recognized as custodians of Remembrance. They also run the annual Poppy Appeal. They help serving and ex-Service personnel and their families; not just those who fought in the two World Wars, but also those involved in the many conflicts since 1945 and those still fighting today. They provide welfare services, and campaign on a range of issues affecting Service people.
December: Age UK
It is dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. The over-60s is the fastest-growing group in society and there are more of us than ever before.
Ageing is not an illness, but it can be challenging. At Age UK we provide services and support at a national and local level to inspire, enable and support older people. We stand up and speak for all those who have reached later life, and also protect the long-term interests of future generations.